File No. 312.115/253
Vice Consul Blocker to the Secretary of State
Eagle Pass , June 20, 1916, 10 a.m.
Governor State of Coahuila yesterday ordered all military commanders in neighborhood of American ranches within a radius of [Page 780] one hundred miles of the border to immediately begin gathering of all horses and cattle thereon and to collect them into moderate size herds, driving them southward toward Saitillo. Approximately three million dollars worth American property is involved. Vice Consul is informed soldiers have been dispatched to begin rounding up to-day. American owners have been informed by military authorities that order from governor is imperative. Suggest Department act immediately before cattle are taken from their ranches.